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People Management

Learn to be a better manager by developing leadership and communication skills designed to turn first time managers into great team leaders.

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Starts Sep 28
Ends Dec 20
Estimated 6 weeks
2–4 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
Free
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About this course

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Do you aspire to be an ideal people manager? The journey from being an individual contributor to a people manager requires significant personal development and growth. If you are a first time manager, you may have asked yourself:

  • Where did I go wrong in managing this particular employee?
  • How should I give feedback to my subordinates?
  • How do I handle potential assessments?
  • How should I motivate people who report to me?

The objective of this business and management course is to smoothen the transition for newly appointed people managers, motivate and guide people who are aspiring to become one and to think back and reflect for seasoned managers.

The course will provide learners with an enhanced understanding of the role of people management in organizational context.

At a glance

What you'll learn

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  • Gain an overview of what it means to be an effective people manager
  • Have a deeper understanding of the different aspects of people management
  • Be able to appreciate the challenges faced by a first time manager
  • Reflect on your managerial experiences

Week 1: Introduction to People Management

Difference between People Management and Human Resource Management; impact of individual and organizational factors on people management.

Week 2: Getting Work Done Through Others

Challenges of getting work done; significance of prioritization and assigning work to team members.

Week 3: Assessment and Evaluation

Concept of performance management and role of a manager in the different stages of the performance management process.

Week 4: Building Peer Networks

Understanding the importance of peer networks in an organization; being able to influence those on whom you have no authority.

Week 5: Essentials of Communication

Concept of the communication process with reflection on various barriers to effective communication and ways to overcome.

Week 6: Managing Self

Reflection on what does it mean to be a people manager; building a personal development plan for oneself.

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Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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